Attention deficit disorder, what to look for?

In this article, I would like to draw attention to ADD. ADD is not the same as ADHD, which most people associate with hyperactivity. Individuals can have attention deficit disorder without being hyperactive, and it is very likely that many people have ADD without knowing it.

ADD is, as I said, an attention deficit disorder without hyperactivity. The symptoms can vary for each individual but I will list out common ones here among children.

Typical phrases I associate with ADD are:

“I can´t remember anything”

“I have trouble remembering things”

“I just have such a poor memory”

Of course, children do not remember everything, rather than us the adult people. But if these are common phrases then I look for other symbols e.g. difficulties with a sense of time. For example, it may appear as recurring questions about when an event is.

Other symptoms include procrastination. Does the child delay get started on a task? When the child finally starts, is it difficult for the child to finish the task and stay focused?  

Are you a parent who has repeatedly heard during parent meetings that “he/she can do much more than he/she does”?

Is school challenging because the homework gets “lost” or the child does not “remember” what the homework was about?

Does the child have difficulties with organization of events or things?

Does the child often make mistakes when doing a task, even a light task that you know it can handle?

Is the child often distracted? Or do you as a parent feel that your child is not listening to you? Because the child is distracted?

If you, as a parent, recognize many of these symptoms, I recommend that you explore the possibility of ADD further.

Several individuals with ADD often experience conflicts due to some of these symptoms like procrastination or being late. This can create frustrations for parents, teachers or friends because it can be interpreted as a lack of interest.

Individuals with ADD do have their share of challenges within the school system & often fail to complete their studies. Therefore, it can be difficult for those individuals to find their path in life leading to anxiety, stress or even depression.

Just by exploring the options & being open for a diagnose can transform the lives of children with ADD and not only them but also the parents as they develop a deeper understanding of their child.  The brain of individuals with ADD works differently in receiving information & therefore it leads to struggles.

I hope this article will raise awareness for parents & not only parents but individuals with ADD that potentially don’t know about it.

Just being aware of it can make a huge difference for the quality of life of individuals with ADD.

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Certain individuals loose weight when vacationing despite less exercise & poorer food habits

Recent research shows that certain individuals lose weight when vacationing despite higher calorie intake & less exercise. It is a particular group that this applies to: Those who live a very stressful life. These are e.g. those with small children, those who are under a lot of strain at work, or students in demanding studies. There is a strong relationship between weight gain and stress. The cortisol stress hormone increases significantly when we are under stress and affects our blood sugar and insulin levels. When the blood sugar then drops significantly, we crave fatty and sugary foods.

When we are experiencing stress and take a vacation, the stress usually decreases, and consequently, the levels of stress hormones drop. If you’re one of the those who lost weight during your holiday it could be due to too much strain in your daily life. It is time to look at how you could reduce stress-inducing factors.

There are many simple ways to reduce stress hormones and promote weight loss. The simplest advice is to eat slower, but way too many eat too fast. What happens when people eat too fast is that food intake becomes greater as it usually takes the body around 20 minutes to feel full.

Additionally have studies shown that for those who eat slowly, the body absorbs the nutrients better than those who, for example, eat the same food but eat it fast. Those who eat faster get hungry sooner and therefore absorb more calories than needed. Mindfulness eating (eating slow & being present) is probably the easiest, cheapest and most effective “diet” available. Mindfulness eating has even helped certain individuals with food addiction.

Long term stress not only contributes to weight gain but can also trigger depression so there is always a need to balance your life and minimize stressful factors.

Symptoms of stress can be numerous and vary from one person to the next. Symptoms can include skin problems such as bumps or itching, dyspepsia, too little sleep, excessive heart rate or increased sweating to name a few. In addition, stress has a major effect on the immune system. Individuals who are often sick or have repeated infections should be especially aware of this.

It should be attractive for everyone to reduce stress. If finding a time to cope with your stress is a problem you can think about all the time that you spend on being sick, visiting the doctor or running after medicines. By drastically reducing such wastes of time, you can gain time by reducing stressful factors in your life. Hence it will result in a long term investment for your mental and physical health.

 Picture by: Snæþór Sigurbjörn Halldórsson

Identity crisis towards your chosen profession

Throughout my career as a clinical work psychologist, I have several times heard about individuals regretting their choice of profession. This is really thought-provoking and worrying, especially since those individuals have spent time and money in education and training and perhaps spent years working with their chosen profession. But for what? To throw it all out? Delete? Start over?

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